Austal Launches U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship Future USS Mobile

Austal has launched the U.S. Navy’s 13th Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Mobile (LCS 26), at its facility in Mobile, Alabama on Jan. 11.

The keel of the vessel was laid on Dec. 14, 2018, and she was christened on Dec. 7, 2019. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Navy later this year.

The LCS is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant of the U.S. Navy designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. It is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM) missions.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom-variant, and the Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

Four additional Independence-variant ships are under construction at Austal USA: the future USS Oakland (LCS 24), USS Mobile (LCS 26), USS Savannah (LCS 28) and USS Canberra (LCS 30). Four additional ships are awaiting the start of construction: the future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32), USS Augusta (LCS 34), USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and USS Pierre (LCS 38).

Two Independence-variant LCS — the future USS Oakland (LCS 24) and USS Mobile — are planned for delivery later this year.

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